Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

WMP alternatives

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • WMP alternatives

    Well, as some of you might now I'm ridding myself of my current still-awesome system in the fact that I've recieved a newer one (installation begins tomorrow). I am, therefore, selling this compuer to a very good friend of mine, who has need of agood compy to serve him well.

    Unfortunately, he's not hte safest of compusers- his last two computers have been rendered useless by viruses, spyware, and generally bad CPU-cycle sucking programs. I am, therefore, outfitting his computer with upgraded software (like firefox and Ventrilo/trillian) and removing all but the deepest traces of the crap (IE, Outlook, etc.)

    However, I'm not at all certain that Winamp is the best alternative for WMP, even though it's what I'm currently using. What're all of you folks using out there?

    Also, any bad-for-your-compy programs I might need to replace other than the usual AIM and IE would be helpful too.
    "Just off the border of your waking mind there lies another time, where darkness and light are one. As you tread the halls of sanity, you feel so glad to be unable to go beyond. I have a message from another time."

  • #2
    You generally can't help someone who's likely to d/l bad things.
    The best thing you could do for him is teach him safe computer practices.

    Comment


    • #3
      You haven't tried this guy...
      "Just off the border of your waking mind there lies another time, where darkness and light are one. As you tread the halls of sanity, you feel so glad to be unable to go beyond. I have a message from another time."

      Comment


      • #4
        The two best options I've seen are either VLC player, or the K-Lite codec pack with Windows Media Classic player (functional front-end without the fancy skinning) bundled. I use the latter.
        Nightmaster,
        .:Mockers Thievery Guild:.
        - "until the cat is skinned"

        Comment


        • #5
          Originally posted by Radamanthus
          Unfortunately, he's not hte safest of compusers- his last two computers have been rendered useless by viruses, spyware, and generally bad CPU-cycle sucking programs.
          Ohh.. you mean necros.

          And i agree with Shug.. VLC player is the way to go.. got most of the necessary codecs built in, but its still rather "generic" and doesn't handle fancy features like built in trojan execution.. so really its dumbed down enough not to be problematic. Its ugly, and very basic, but it works.

          MPclassic is also a good one, but I dont know that the klite codec pack comes with everything that vlc has. Also there is that Fraunhofer codec pack that is popular.
          I'd Be More Apathetic... If I Wasn't So Lethargic

          Comment


          • #6
            mplayer classic is great, small, fast and plays just about everything.
            I have VLAN as well just in case.

            I stick to Firefox and avoid using most filesharing applications to keep my compy clean.

            Comment


            • #7
              If he is going to break it, why sell it to him?
              http://miniprofile.xfire.com/bg/bg/t...isoldier28.png

              Comment


              • #8
                I sympathise, I went through a stage of building every tom,dick and harry a PC normally for the cost of the parts plus 50 quid or something else equally pituful considering the free software / labour involved.

                The hardest part was not the build, but the assumed "lifetime warranty" they all decided to take out on me... of all but one of those people, it was them downloading crap that caused the problems.

                That said, I did get a lot of beer from fixing them.
                ~TuF~

                Comment


                • #9
                  Originally posted by TheMachine
                  I sympathise, I went through a stage of building every tom,dick and harry a PC normally for the cost of the parts plus 50 quid or something else equally pituful considering the free software / labour involved.

                  The hardest part was not the build, but the assumed "lifetime warranty" they all decided to take out on me... of all but one of those people, it was them downloading crap that caused the problems.
                  DOH. I totally know what you mean. I got 4 people that I apparently provide "Lifetime Customer Service" to for free. The worst is my Fiancee's younger brother. His laptop, his parents pc.. CLUTTERED with trojan's and bullshit from porn sites. Internet explorer wont even open just one window anymore. Takes about 5 minutes of clearing the porn ads, just for his mom to check email. After hours of blood, sweat, and tears running every spyware checker known to man.. i finally get it in a reasonable shape... and I even give him a list of porn sites that offer free porn without ads.. yet still within a week, i'm getting the phone call again to fix it.

                  My dad's no better.. but instead of porn, he downloads all these free screensavers and weatherbug garbage.

                  Its like a full time job to maintain these things.
                  I'd Be More Apathetic... If I Wasn't So Lethargic

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by -KewlAzMe-
                    Its ugly, and very basic, but it works.
                    I don't understand the attitude that a media player has to be eye-candied. Maybe if it's a standard part of your shell; I can understand skinning Winamp if you leave it open all the time, but you're meant to be watching what VLC plays, not what VLC looks like.
                    Nightmaster,
                    .:Mockers Thievery Guild:.
                    - "until the cat is skinned"

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Shug
                      I don't understand the attitude that a media player has to be eye-candied. Maybe if it's a standard part of your shell; I can understand skinning Winamp if you leave it open all the time, but you're meant to be watching what VLC plays, not what VLC looks like.
                      The program has a cone for an icon... a cone! I mean really... wtf.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Shug
                        I don't understand the attitude that a media player has to be eye-candied. Maybe if it's a standard part of your shell; I can understand skinning Winamp if you leave it open all the time, but you're meant to be watching what VLC plays, not what VLC looks like.
                        I tend to agreee.. i think the whole world of skinning winamp lost me.. its so hard to maneuver around on some of those skins, i just stick with the basic. Same with VLC, I use the standard basic skin instead of the graphical one they offer.

                        I was just making that note as an FYI overall. Some people do like the skinning world out there.

                        One thing I wish VLC did was show the Control buttons (play, Rew, FF, stop, time navigation bar) in full screen mode. But that's neither here nor there.
                        I'd Be More Apathetic... If I Wasn't So Lethargic

                        Comment

                        Working...
                        X